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Saturday, May 26 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Humans, Cyborgs, Androids: Companions in the Exploration of Other Worlds

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Someday before long we will explore new worlds together—humans, cyborgs and androids—each with our own strengths and our own weaknesses. And we will work as a team. In this panel we will examine what each can bring to the task and how the others can ensure the success and safety of the missions. What will these worlds be? The moon? Mars? Other bodies in our solar system? Or even around distant stars? How far are they? How long will it take for signals to pass exchanging information? What will it take to reach each destination, establish settlements, and explore?

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Robert Zelenka

With an academic background in philosophy, physics, and mathematics, Robert Zelenka explores the possibilities of machine consciousness from the perspectives of both algorithmic and structural design. The advent of quantum computers and their potential ability to achieve affective... Read More →

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Edward Celarier

Edward Celarier is a physicist who worked with NASA, among other institutions. His research interests have come to include questions of how complex systems provide both goals and limits for technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence. What imperatives underlie the responsibility... Read More →
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Tilak Hewagama

Tilak Hewagama is a Planetary Scientist with the Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland. His research areas include the role of radiation, molecules and particulates in solar system atmospheres. It is remarkable that natural processes at molecular levels regulate planetary... Read More →
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PJ Manney

author, PJ Manney
PJ Manney is the author of the P.K. Dick Award-nominated (R)EVOLUTION, book 1 in a trilogy with (ID)ENTITY, and the upcoming (CON)SCIENCE, out April 27, 2021. She also writes non-fiction and consults about emerging technology, future humans, empathy-building through storytelling... Read More →
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Peggy Zelenka

Peggy Zelenka’s research as a molecular cell biologist focused on the biological nanomachines present in living cells. Four decades of research at the National Institutes of Health were framed by considerations of cell formation through the interaction and integration of non-living... Read More →

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Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
 Annapolis 4